By Daniel Hunter

Young people in Glasgow are being given the chance to live out their entrepreneurial dreams with the launch of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Stow College.

From September 2012, Stow College will be the first education provider in Scotland to host a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, offering Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Stow will aim to tackle the problem of youth unemployment in the local area by offering courses to equip young people with practical business skills and career motivation. The Work Foundation estimates that over 18% of young people aged 16-24 in Glasgow are NEETs (not in education, employment or training).

Stow College will stand as the Scottish hub for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy network and is holding an open day for prospective students on 24th August (11am-2pm).

Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE is expanding his network of enterprise academies to equip more young people across the Britain with the skills and experience for the 21st Century workplace.

Based on a philosophy of learning by doing, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is committed to supporting young people by offering unique training and development to help them realise their potential.

Peter Jones commented:

“Over the past year the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy network has expanded quickly, furthering my ambition to introduce practical enterprise training into education across the UK. This first foray into Scotland marks an important stage in our ambitious growth plans.

“I am delighted to be launching at Stow College, where the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy can make a real difference helping young people in Glasgow gain the skills and experience to be entrepreneurial and take ownership of their futures.”

Robert McGrory, Chief Executive & Principal of Stow College, commented:

"Youth unemployment is a serious problem in Glasgow, so we welcome the arrival of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy as an exciting and timely development. It will provide new opportunities for young people who need to expand their skills and gain confidence to succeed in the job market, or better to start new businesses and create their own jobs.

“It is vitally important that we instill business knowledge and the confidence to be entrepreneurial in Glasgow's young people, and we look forward to welcoming the first generation of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students in September.”

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